Fort Collins police arrested two men after the pair allegedly kidnapped a man and held him until they were paid $300 and given an iPhone.

Police said that Daniel Cordova, 39, and Michael Carrillo, 22, met with and confronted a man and a woman March 1 at America’s Best Value Inn at 1809 N. College Ave.

According to arrest documents, the men said the pair owed Carrillo for rent and clothes. The woman was able to pay them $200 in cash at the hotel, but she was unable to pay the remaining $100 or provide the iPhone.

Then, police said, Cordova took the man in Cordova’s car and drove him to another location while Carrillo pointed a handgun at him. They told the woman she could “free” the man if she completed the payment, according to arrest documents. 

Later in the day, the woman met them at an apartment at 131 Hillcrest Drive in northwest Fort Collins and provided an iPhone and a blank check. Meanwhile, a concerned family member reported to police that the man and woman were being held against their will.

The woman left the apartment to get food, at which point police made contact with her.

Police then surrounded the apartment. Eventually, Carrillo, Cordova and the man exited the apartment, and Carrillo and Cordova were taken into custody, according to arrest documents.

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They were later charged with first-degree kidnapping, a Class 2 felony, and criminal extortion, a Class 3 felony. Carrillo was also charged with felony menacing.

Cordova is due at the Larimer County Justice Center for a first appearance Thursday. He’s being held in the Larimer County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Carrillo is due for a first appearance March 12. He’s being held in the Larimer County Jail on a $175,000 bond.

Cordova has a past conviction of misdemeanor driving while ability impaired with a prior alcohol contact in 2014, as well as various traffic offenses in 2012, court records show.

Carrillo has an open traffic case in Larimer County, in which he’s been charged with driving under restraint. He was convicted of careless driving in 2016, felony theft in 2016, felony attempt to escape community corrections in 2015, an underage alcohol violation in 2014, and felony menacing in 2013, court records show.

All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in court. Arrests and charges are merely accusations by law enforcement until, and unless, a suspect is convicted of a crime.

Reporter Cassa Niedringhaus covers breaking news for the Coloradoan. Follow her on Twitter: @CassaMN.

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